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For someone who reads a lot of ancient history, and is deeply interested in the Hellenistic era...added to the fact that I was looking for newer material...this was the first audio book I listened to upon creating my account. I enjoyed it...the narration is good, and Schiff does an amazing job with breathing new life into Cleopatra and her era. As for Schiff's narrative, it is excellent, and I don't think many of the inferences she has to make are that over the top. Her great retelling of the Alexandrian War that first brought Caesar to Egypt and Cleopatra to power was a great, fresh take on an event that isn't talked about much in many books despite its importance.
That said, this book might be a bit misleading...I'm not sure I would recommend it to casual readers/listeners. Despite the subject matter that appeals to average readers (many people know a little about this story) and the slick cover that looks like it is meant to draw women readers in.
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This book is no mere biography of Cleopatra's life. The author paints a vivid portrait of the end of the Hellenistic Period. For to understand Cleopatra's life you need to understand the places she went, the people she knew, and the times she inhabited; Cleopatra was as much a product of her times as the times were a product of her life. Stacy Shift interweaves fact with narrative flawlessly and engages the reader with such rich language that at moments I forgot I was reading non-fiction. Robin Miles narration is both relaxing yet filled with passion. This was my second time listening to the book and I will most likely be listening a third time in the near future! It is simply that fabulous!
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